ACF in the News

Recent news items in Arizona media outlets have featured the Arizona Community Foundation and its Affiliates. 

Phoenix school that was segregated envisioned as 'a place you can talk the truth'
(Arizona Republic, January 25, 2017)

Owners of the former George Washington Carver High School, now a seldom-open and unfinished museum, seek millions of dollars and a higher historic designation to finish renovations on the property.

Arizona's DCS: Why are kids taken away? Too often the answer is unknown
(Arizona Republic, January 22, 2017)

This story is part of an ongoing investigation of child-welfare issues in Arizona, funded through a grant from the Arizona Community Foundation.

Discover local scholarships
(The Camp Verde Journal, November 25, 2016)

Sedona-raised Northern Arizona University senior Jessica Reinhart is set to graduate debt-free this spring—thanks, in no small part, to scholarships awarded to her via the Arizona Community Foundation.

Our View: Lift a (beer) glass to Arizona's smart water planning
(Arizona Republic, November 6, 2016)

An Arizona Republic editorial discusses the winner of the New Arizona Prize: Water Innovation Challenge, a group that wants to make craft beer from treated effluent.

Drink up: Arizona wastewater-into-beer proposal wins $250K grant
(Arizona Daily Star, November 6, 2016)

The Southwest Water Campus has won a $250,000 grant to ease Arizonans into drinking reclaimed wastewater by first turning it into beer.

Foundation names $250,000 water prize winner
(Arizona Republic, November 3, 2016)

The Arizona Community Foundation on Tuesday selected the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department as winner of the foundation's $250,000 New Arizona Prize Water Innovation Challenge.

Our View: How beer fits into Arizona's water future
(Arizona Republic, October 4, 2016)

An Arizona Republic editorial highlights the five finalists for the New Arizona Prize: Water Innovation Challenge, and the importance of sustainable water projects in our desert communities.

Community Foundation awards 122 grants worth $1.3 million
(Arizona Daily Sun, September 23, 2016)

Dozens of local nonprofits received grants totaling more than $1.3 million from the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff.

5 ideas for conserving water; 1 will win $250K in Arizona prize
(Arizona Republic, September 29, 2016)

The Arizona Community Foundation announces finalists for New Arizona Prize Water Innovation Challenge; winner selected Nov. 3.

Arizona child welfare: There are some issues we just won't let go
(Arizona Republic, August 28, 2016)

The Arizona Community Foundation has given The Arizona Republic and a three-year grant to support in-depth investigative reporting about child welfare in Arizona.

AZPM water shortage documentary to air nationally
(Arizona Public Media, August 19, 2016)

Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West, winner of the first New Arizona Prize: Water Consciousness Challenge, to air on 78 national television stations.

Joy of Giving luncheon inspires local leaders
(Prescott Daily Courier, August 11, 2016)

A roomful of political, civic and business leaders were offered a chance to savor the joy of giving at the recent Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County’s annual Joy of Giving luncheon.

$450K in grants awarded to prevent child abuse in Arizona
(Arizona Republic, July 26, 2016)

Nineteen child-abuse prevention programs in Arizona are benefiting this year from more than $450,000 in grants they received from the sale of license plates bearing this message: It shouldn't hurt to be a child.

Non-profits are 'force to be reckoned with' in Arizona's economy
(Arizona Republic, February 21, 2016)

Gone are the days of viewing non-profits as simple charities operating on shoestring budgets, heavily reliant on volunteers and donations to stay afloat.

Baseball alum hits homer with community service award
(Cochise College News, December 15, 2015)

Javier "Shorty" Fimbres was recognized by the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise with the Carol Huddleston Volunteer of the Year award in October of 2015.

Our view: We are all negligent parents to foster kids
(Arizona Republic, December 14, 2015)

An Arizona Republic editorial calls on Arizona residents to recognize students in foster care as a group at risk and call for additional support.

200 students attend first-ever Cash for College awareness event
(Prescott Daily Courier, December 12, 2015)

The first-ever Cash for College scholarship awareness night brought together 20 scholarship providers and more than 200 Yavapai County high school students.

Arizona foster kids have staggering school struggles, study show
(Arizona Daily Star, December 12, 2015)

An ACF-funded study shows students in foster care struggle to stay in school, transfer credits and succeed academically.

Study of Arizona foster children's education achievement not encouraging
(Arizona Republic, December 11, 2015)

The Invisible Achievement gap, and ACF-funded report, shows Arizona students in foster care have lower graduation rates, higher dropout rates and overall lower academic achievement rates than their peers.

Burton family flash-funds hundreds of high school club requests
(In Business Greater Phoenix, November 20, 2015)

The Burton Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Arizona Community Foundation, provided $75,000 to the nonprofit organization Support My Club to supply hundreds of clubs at Title-I schools in Phoenix with necessary supplies.

Philanthropists next door: Retirement assets serve family, the arts
(The Prescott Daily Courier, November 18, 2015)

A man with a family tradition of preserving Western heritage through the arts shows retirement assets can make the perfect gift to charity.

Our turn: Helping youth makes a better Phoenix
(Arizona Republic, October 29, 2015)

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and ASU President Michael Crow explain how engaging so-called opportunity youth strengthens the Phoenix community.

African American women's giving group makes history
(Arizona Republic, October 29, 2015)

The African-American Women's Giving and Empowerment Circle awarded the first grants in its history at an intimate celebration in early October. Arizona civil rights activist, Jean Fairfax, was an honored guest at the event.

Heart of Yuma awards handed out for 2015
(The Yuma Sun, October 27, 2015)

The annual Heart of Yuma awards celebration honored those in the community who contribute their time, talents and treasure to Yuma and Western Arizona.

Yuma fund helps veterans meet short-term needs
(The Yuma Sun, October 26, 2015)

An editorial in the Yuma Sun encourages Yuma residents to consider the impact of the Yuma Veterans Recoverable Loan Project and praises the community members who generously support its work.

Public-private partnerships restore remote forest areas in SEAZ
(The Sierra Vista Herald, October 26, 2015)

A grant from the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise to the Arizona Wilderness Coalition sill support trail restoration in the Chiricahua Mountains and other mountain preserves following damage from fires and monsoons.

Yuma Veterans Loan Project serves those who served
(The Yuma Sun, October 24, 2015)

The Yuma Veterans Recoverable Loan project provides zero-interest loans to honorably discharged Veterans for emergent needs like housing and healthcare costs.

Arizona firefighters salute LD14 legislators
(Eastern Arizona Courier, October 15, 2015)

Firefighters from across the state paid tribute to Arizona's LD14 legislators for their efforts to create a special license plate to support firefighter education.

Community thanks: Needed protein donated to food pantry
(Arizona Daily Sun, October 15, 2015)

The fall food drive of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul received much needed funds and food from community members as well as the Arizona Community Foundation.

FUSD schools awarded $140,000 by community foundation
(Arizona Daily Sun, September 29, 2015)

The Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff and community collaborators supported a number of projects to serve FUSD students through the annual competitive grants process.

Essen and Allison Otu give back
(Arizona Red Book, August 31, 2015)

Essen and Allison Otu have been active leaders in the Black Philanthropy Initiative for more than five years. They are now proud founding members of two of the giving circles established under the BPI.

Philanthropists Next Door: Markhams make their mark
(The Prescott Daily Courier, August 17, 2015)

Carol Chamberlain in Yavapai County tells the story of a small business owner who became a philanthropist whose legacy will last for generations.

Valley hiker becomes oldest woman to scale Kilimanjaro
(The Arizona Republic, August 6, 2015)

Ann Lorimor completes her quest and raises awareness for the Challenge Youth Fund.

Arizona Community Foundation gets new leaders
(The Yuma Sun, August 4, 2015)

Shara Merten and Fernie Quiroz step up to lead the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma, bringing a long history both in Yuma and its nonprofit sector.

Why wait on lawmakers? Tuition groups can cut overhead
(The Arizona Republic, July 30, 2015)

Steve Seleznow and Vince Yanez promote stewardship and responsibility when using tax-credit dollars to support educational opportunity for low-income, disabled and displaced students.

Black Philanthropy Month celebrates charity and giving
(The Arizona Republic, July 27, 2015)

Kim Covington kicks off a campaign to celebrate the history and potential of African-descent giving during a national observance.

Your community, your foundation
(The Prescott Daily Courier, July 6, 2015)

Carol Chamberlain in Yavapai County introduces herself and the foundation as part of a new series of columns about ACF of Yavapai County in the local paper.

Great grandmother to attempt Kilimanjaro climb
(The Arizona Republic, June 26, 2015)

Ann Lorimor of the Phoenix-metro area wants to become the oldest woman to climb one of the world's highest peaks and make a difference in the lives of Arizona youth while she's at it.

Covington: Mentors can save Phoenix's disconnected youth
(The Arizona Republic, April 28, 2015)

Kim Covington speaks with Mona Dixon, an advocate for achievement of disconnected youth, in a conversation that brings the role of mentorship into focus.

The Real Impact of Impact Investing
(In Business Greater Phoenix, April 2015)

An in-depth article on impact investing explains the power and potential of strategic investments made in projects with both social and financial returns.

Challenge for $100k winner: Tell the story of water
(The Arizona Republic, April 18, 2015)

Meet Cody Sheehy, one of the lead members of Beyond the Mirage, the winning team of The New Arizona Prize: Water Consciousness Challenge. He's on a mission to tell the story of water resources in Arizona and in the Southwest.

$100,000 to avoid becoming California
(The Arizona Republic, April 3, 2015)

An editorial from The Arizona Republic explains the purpose and process behind The New Arizona Prize: Water Consciousness Challenge from state-level and regional perspectives.

Arizona group wins $100k to spread water awareness
(The Arizona Republic, April 2, 2015)

Beyond the Mirage, a team based in Tucson, Arizona, won The New Arizona Prize: Water Consciousness Challenge and a $100,000 award to implement their digital media strategy.

Former 12 News anchor Kim Covington finds new calling
(The Arizona Republic, March 27, 2014)

Kim Covington, after several years covering education issues in Arizona, joins ACF to lead the Black Philanthropy Initiative.

Sue Clark-Johnson, an uncommonly kind leader
(The Arizona Republic, January 28, 2014)

Sue Clark-Johnson was a leader of ACF and in our community. Her compassion, vision and knowledge enabled great change, and she will be sorely missed.

Collaborative group looks for ways to support Hopi Youth
(Navajo-Hopi Observer, December 31, 2014)

The Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative has formed five working groups to increase graduation rates, employment rates and completion of post-secondary education. The Initiative is funded in part by both ACF and the Hopi Foundation.

How not to squander Arizona's water legacy
(The Arizona Republic, November 8, 2014)

In a recent AZ I See It column by Jon Kyl and Grady Gammage, Jr., the co-authors offer a simple and insightful look into Arizona’s past, present and future regarding its water resources. 

Russ, Janet Jones win philanthropist of the year; others recognized
(Yuma Sun, October 28, 2014)

At the 15th annual Heart of Yuma celebration, Russ and Janet Jones were named Philanthropists of the Year. Others were recognized for their contributions to the community as volunteers, young leaders, businesses and more. 

Community Foundation honors volunteers, awards grants
(Sierra Vista Herald, October 3, 2014)

At Cochise Celebrates Giving, the Cochise Community Foundation awarded grant dollars to area organizations that apply with specific projects in mind to help people in need, improve area communities or further the mission of their nonprofits. 

The mission of growing a community
(Eastern Arizona Courier, September 30, 2014)
Opened with entertainment from the Safford High School's jazz band, guests mingled and enjoyed refreshments before the awards were opened by Ted Prina, vice chair of the Gila Valley Community Foundation Board of Advisors. 

Flagstaff Community Foundation hands out awards
(Arizona Daily Sun, September 28, 2014)

The Flagstaff Community Foundation awarded $1,080,183 through its annual competitive grant process with significant contributions from its funding partners.

Prescott restaurateur honored for 'opening his heart and wallet' for many local causes
(Prescott Daily Courier, July 26, 2014)

During the 21st annual Joy of Giving celebration, Barry Barbe was named Philanthropist of the Year by the Yavapai County Community Foundation. The Foundation also distributed more than $160,000 to area nonprofits.

Sunnyside gets new Poore clinic
(Arizona Daily Sun, June 03, 2014)

The Poore Medical Clinic in Flagstaff opens its first satellite location in Sunnyside to provide medical and dental services to those in need. The project was supported in part by the Flagstaff Community Foundation.

Foundations see increase in business involvement as economy improves
(Phoenix Business Journal, April 11, 2014)

Steve Seleznow, president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, has seen the lows of the recession and now is witnessing the aftermath as businesses are starting to open up their checkbooks. But there’s still plenty of demand for what the foundation funds.

White House names CompuGirls founder a Champion of Change
(ASU News, February 24, 2014; and The Arizona Republic, March 12, 2014)

CompuGirls founder Kimberly A. Scott was named a STEM Access Champion of Change at the White House during a February event. Scott founded and leads CompuGirls, a program that combines advanced computational skills with key areas of social justice.

FosterEd: Improving the educational outcome of foster children
(Tucson Explorer, February 5, 2014)

Every two years Arizona Community Foundation and Helios Education Foundation invite a new initiative into Arizona. This year, they have chosen FosterEd, a non-profit initiative that focuses on improving the educational outcomes of foster children and youth.

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